We are passionate about our Youth Program at DVLC. We believe that every young person who comes through our door can and will be an important and successful member of their community. We assist students to reach the goals they set for themselves; in their vocation, in family life and other relationships.
We recognise that most of our young people are in the process of healing from some kind of trauma, and our role is to support this healing journey. Our teachers are experienced in trauma informed education and focus on the strengths that each person brings to the table. When students have the opportunity to shine and develop their personal strengths, they are also able to grow academically. Students who have not been adequately supported in traditional school environments can thrive and meet their goals at DVLC.
VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification designed to improve basic Literacy, Numeracy, Work and Personal Development Skills based on students’ own Individual Learning Plans. A key feature of the program is Pathways and students are guided through career and employment planning. Our students have gone on to jobs in a variety of industries including childcare, photography, building, automotive, retail, hospitality, animal care, security, administration, hair and beauty and more.
We offer a full VCAL Program (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning):
Our subjects include Personal Development and Work Related Skills, Literacy, Maths, and a range of short courses and enrichment activities such as resilience, art projects, sporting activities and Outdoor Education including Wilderness Camping. Students study core subjects in scheduled classes for three days a week. The common denominator in all that we teach is how we teach it; with great care, confidence in our young people, and respect.
If a young person finds it overly challenging to attend school following the regular VCAL Program, we offer a wonderful and supportive flexible program. Our flexible program accommodates student’s needs to work online, from home, with the facilitation of a mentor teacher. Combined with working online we also encourage students to attend a short mentoring session either individually or in a small group one day a week. Our flexible program also aims to help develop and foster relationships by assisting students in working at school, with their mentor teacher and other students one day a week as a whole class.
What is special about the DVLC VCAL program?
We are a friendly adult education centre where you will be treated with respect by staff and students. The classes are small and the Foundation class is taught by a very experienced teacher who believes in making learning a safe and enjoyable experience that builds your confidence and happiness as well as important academic skills. This is a class where students quickly learn that school can be fun and it is safe to ask questions and to try new things. We try to work at your pace and we care about your interests. There is lots of opportunity for hands on learning including excursions.
Students tell us they appreciate having their questions answered in a way they understand; having the work explained well and feeling that their teachers really care about them and respect them. Some students say this is the first time in many years they have felt that they are really learning.
You can read our current Student Handbook here.
Make an appointment for a ‘Meet and Greet’ with our Greensborough based VCAL Coordinator, Tracey Wood.
We would be happy to assist.
(03) 9435 9060